Source: publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Lyrical Press for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: NA contemporary romance .
When Reese Carter bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that they have formed a dream team sure to propel them into the comic hall of fame. Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. But this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself…
Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. She’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. When he sees how passionate she is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays.
Free Mitchell loves the theater. But so far he’s played against character by following in his father’s footsteps as an investment banker. But nothing’s prepared him to play boyfriend to Samantha Wolf. Samantha isn’t quite sure what to think of Free. He’s cute, sweet, and quirky, but his outlandish costumes make him seem crazy. The more time they spend together, the more their steamy romance begins to take center stage.
This is a series review for His Work of Art, His New Jam and His Dream Role, three novellas that all revolve around three best friends in college. The stories overlap somewhat and it’s hard to talk about them separately, so I thought I would just mash them together and see what happens. These are apparently also sequels to other similar novels (novellas?) but they function quite well on their own.
I liked all three couples – they are smart, talented young people who (mostly) know what they want.
I thought Adam from His Work of Art was a bit of a scaredy cat – he’s a black guy (yeah about that – can you tell he’s black from the cover? I sure can’t…) who has real issues when dating a white girl, which prevented him from truly enjoying his time with Reese, even though she didn’t seem to care about it. I know that interracial couples can still encounter difficulties but I wish the topic was dealt with in a more profound manner – but this is difficult because novellas don’t exactly offer a lot of breathing room. I would love to see their comic, though. I’m a newbie when it comes to comics and graphic novels but their work sounds amazing.
I think His New Jam was my favourite – I have a soft spot for musicians despite the fact that I can’t play any instruments. Sydney and Hunter’s story was one I like in general – the tough girl who can’t seem to open her heart to anyone because she’s been burned before and the flirty boy who has to convince her that she is not just a fling.
But I didn’t really connect with Free (Humphrey) and Samantha from His Dream Role, as their problems seemed to be the most superficial – Sam is a social work student who wants to disconnect herself from her very wealthy family. She thinks Free is a struggling actor, while he’s really an heir to an investment banking empire and when she finds out, she freaks. Well, okay, so he never told her about his family – but then she never asked. *sigh* You see what I mean?
All in all, these three would probably work better if they were actually parts of one story, as in one single book. There would be less repetition and probably more cohesion, but they were still entertaining and sweet.
Do you know any of Shannyn Schroeder’s work? I might check out her full-length novels!
Do you read novellas at all? I’m never sure about them but these were pretty okay.
I’d love to hear from you! :)